Using portable storage to move homes is a hybrid between complete DIY (renting that truck!) and full-service movers. We believe it’s the future of moving, and our guest blogger, Michael Johnson, the inventor of the Horizontal Lift system proudly used by iCan Storage, explains why.
Top Benefits of Using Portable Storage over a U-Haul™ Rental
If you are over the age of 35 and have ever moved to a new or different location, you have probably rented a U-Haul™ truck to move your household items. U-Haul™ started in 1945 and has been going strong ever since. Until now, the do-it-yourselfers haven’t had many options available to them other than a few other truck rental companies, like U-Haul™. Today, however, the mobile storage container industry gives that do-it-yourself market segment other options and more flexibility.
1. The Convenience of Mobile Storage: Let’s compare U-Haul™, or any other similar rental truck, to the mobile storage container option. For example, if you close on your old house and have to be out in a day and you already have a new house that is ready to move into, a U-Haul™ truck is not a bad option at all. But what if you have to be out of your old house at closing and your new house will not be ready for a couple of weeks or longer? With U-Haul™ or a similar rental truck, you will have to find a self-storage facility, unload the truck there, and in a couple of weeks or longer you will have to rent another truck, reload it, and take it to your new house to unload. In this situation, you will have loaded and unloaded the truck twice. With the mobile storage container industry, your move is far simpler and with fewer steps. You load the container once, store it at their facility until needed, and unload the container at your new destination. You have saved time, money, your back, and friendships – as only a really good friend would help you load and unload your furniture twice. A mobile storage container option is superior when time is not on your side and you need storage. The mobile storage container industry is also favorable in situations where you need temporary storage for newly purchased furnishings that you want to store while waiting to move into your new home, or, when you are putting your house on the market to sell and need to clear out some items to better market your house. Again, you load the storage container once, and unload it at your destination.
Whether you live in a large home or a small one, you may have come to the point where your precious possessions are possessing too much of your living space. The smaller the home, the greater a challenge it becomes to manage storage space without actually creating new space.
Here are 15 clever ways to create storage space in your home and take back your living space. And if there’s still more to store… call iCan!
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We hear it all the time at iCan: you need to de-clutter (or pre-pack before marketing your house) and you don’t even know where to begin. We get it – they say that packing for a move requires 300,000 decisions. 300,000 decisions! You just might need a professional organizer. But how does that work? We talked with Jean Marie Herron of POSSE and got the scoop.
iCan: Can you explain exactly what POSSE is?
Jean Marie: POSSE is a residential organizing company. POSSE is actually an acronym for Professional Organizing Solutions Serving Everyone…Who Wants to Dwell, Sell or Move!
iCan: Who tends to call on your services?
JM: Most of POSSE’s clients are overwhelmed with the process and prospect of getting their houses de-cluttered and functional. Additionally, many Realtors® will call on our services while trying to help their client’s properly prepare their properties for Open Houses.
iCan: When you get an engagement, what’s the first thing you do – and what will it cost?
JM: POSSE starts off every new project with a Needs Assessment. During this “Walk & Talk” the client’s goals, time frame and scope of project is determined and a package of organizing hours are discussed afterwards. Our price structure is simple: Needs Assessment $79 / Power Hours $295 /5-Session Package $1,425 /10-Session Package $2,700.
iCan: Do you do organizing or other services for people who want to de-clutter but stay in their house?
JM: Yes, all the time. Many of our clients are not moving but want to “fall in love” with their home again. We always tell our clients that the faster they can make decisions, the quicker the progress. In a 3-hour organizing session know as our Power Hours, we can dramatically change a room.
iCan: How do you help people decide what to do with their stuff?
JM: It all depends on what they want…are they trying to set up a home office, kitchen, garage, moving, doing a renovation, getting the home ready to “age in place”? If we know their goals for their spaces and places they want organized, everything becomes categorical such as donate, sell, belongs elsewhere, keep, shred, recycle, toss etc. I also always have my Decluttering Resource List available and we see what makes sense for their heartstrings and their pocketbook relative to letting go of their “stuff”.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our thoughts turn to our neighbors. We at iCan are feeling fortunate and grateful to our clients who have been part of our wonderful start, and want to share our good fortune.
In that spirit, iCan will donate canned foods to our local food pantry, People to People, for every iCan or iBin package rented in the month of November.
There are half a million reasons to use iCan for moving and storage, and a million more to use iBins for clean, green moving, and now you have one more: doing good for our neighbors.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
We have a love-hate relationship with cardboard boxes. They’re an essential part of moving and let’s face it, sometimes they’re absolutely necessary, like for things that are going to stay boxed and put in basement or attic storage. Problem is, they’re horribly wasteful for the stuff we’re going to unpack right away (the average cardboard box is only reused once or twice before being thrown out). Packing tape is annoying when you have to constantly play “find the end,” and at the end of it all, even throwing the boxes away is irritating – breaking them down, stacking them and wrapping them for the recycling truck. There has to be a better way.
And now there is. Introducing iBins from iCan Storage.
iBins are large plastic storage boxes with interlocking lids that you rent, pack, move, and return. Price-wise, they blow cardboard away because we rent them cheap; convenience-wise, they’re great because the interlocking lids close without taping; packing-wise, they stack like Legos so they’re easy to put into an iCan; and best of all, you can save the earth at the same time.
iBins – yes, iCan. Because cardboard, well, just can’t.
It’s the dog days of summer, the time when we are deeply grateful if we have air conditioning in our homes, and deeply aversive of going out into the humidity. But what about your stuff in storage? We’ve all seen it: self-storage and even portable storage places that advertise “climate controlled.” If you’re like me, you’d think that means air conditioned – but it ain’t necessarily so, and moreover, it ain’t necessarily necessary.
We did some homework and inquired with the folks who advertised “climate control” exactly what that meant. The answers ranged from “temperature monitored” to outright falsehoods (saying they had A/C when they didn’t – because then we checked with the landlord!), to my personal favorite, “climate controlled – by God!” Since the answers varied, we decided it’s more important to get to the point: is air conditioning necessary?
Short answer: no. We’ve spent the month of July carefully watching the temperature and humidity in our warehouse and no matter how hot it got outside (95 degrees with a “real feel” of 100), our warehouse stayed a comfy 85. More importantly, the hotter it got outside, the lower the humidity got in our warehouse. Already in the “COMFORTABLE” range when it was 75 degrees out, humidity dipped down into the “DRY” range when the weather warmed up. PERFECT.
And let’s face it, if you grew up in Queens, NY like me, your apartment NEVER went below 85 in the summer – plus you dealt with high humidity. Your stuff at iCan gets better treatment than a kid in Queens!
Bottom line: we keep your iCan in the comfortable range of 50-85 degrees with low humidity, without A/C. We’ll still tell you not to put your Picasso in an iCan, but the rest of your stuff is safe.
Stay cool, friends!
We can probably all agree on one thing: we have too much stuff. That doesn’t mean it’s not valuable; it’s just too much to keep in one place. So do you find a self storage unit, or use an iCan? Consider the pros and cons of both.
– Typically more cost-effective than renting a storage unit, storage containers like iCans are probably the cheapest real estate per square foot you can find.
– No need to rent and drive a big truck, load and unload it at a facility. The container comes to you.
– Easy to load since it’s on the ground. No ramps to push couches up.
– If you’re planning to visit your items frequently, self-storage is for you; but make sure the hours of operation fit your needs.
When you’re ready to clear, iCan is there. Call us!
Yes, iCan transports your container smoothly and levelly – but if there’s a hill anywhere between your house and our warehouse, at some point your iCan is going to be on a slant. That’s where tie-downs come in: they hook into D-rings inside the iCan and, when used properly, keep your items right where you put them. But how many do you need, where do you get them, and how do you use them?
You can always use ¼ nylon rope to loop through the D-rings and wrap around your boxes and furniture, and it’s probably the most cost-effective solution. Have at least 100’ on hand because, just as with cushioning materials, more is always better. Any home repair store has them by the mile, just find someone to measure out the length you need.
Your next option is a ratchet strap with hooks on both ends. The hooks slip neatly into the D-rings on the sides of the iCan (we’ve designed our iCans with 6-8 D-rings on each side) and the ratchets lock them down. We recommend at least a 12 foot strap, which gives you the option of stretching them straight across the iCan to form a “wall,” or wrap them around your furniture that you’ve placed along the sides of your iCan to pull the furniture in tight. You’ll probably need between 4 and 8 tie-downs to keep things in place. iCan offers the option of renting or purchasing these essential items so there’s no need to start searching – we’ll bring them along with your iCan.
Now that’s a tight solution!